Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Lemoni Character Analysis

Lemoni is a young girl who flits around Pelagia's village. She cares for animals but torments them as well; she calls Dr. Iannis when she finds Psipsina caught in a fence and also pokes dogs with sticks. When the Italians invade the island, Lemoni becomes great friends with Corelli almost immediately. Though they can't understand each other, she visits him daily and tells him all about her day. This is how Corelli finds out about the mine that washes up on the beach, an event that Lemoni never forgets and talks about often, even into her old age. Lemoni is a serious and driven child who has no qualms about reprimanding adults. She shames Corelli and Pelagia when they don't collect enough snails and scolds Dr. Iannis at times as well. Lemoni survives the invasion and goes on to have several children and grandchildren. When Corelli returns forty years after the war, Pelagia describes Lemoni as being as big as a ship.

Lemoni Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Lemoni or refer to Lemoni. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin published in 1994.
Chapter 13 Quotes

For Lemoni there would be no freedom until widowhood, which was precisely the time when the community would turn against her, as though she had no right to outlive a husband, as though he had died only because of his wife's negligence. This was why one had to have sons; it was the only insurance against an indigent and terrifying old age.

Related Characters: Pelagia (speaker), Lemoni
Page Number: 86
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Chapter 43 Quotes

No one could recognize anybody else, and Italian and Greek peered into one another's faces, denationalized by coughing, by grime, and by mutual amazement.

Related Symbols: The Mine
Page Number: 260
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Lemoni Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The timeline below shows where the character Lemoni appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3. The Strongman
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...He hops on one foot, holding a man on each arm and the six-year-old girl Lemoni on his head. Lemoni, however, is too scared to move her hands from Velisarios's eyes,... (full context)
Chapter 8. A Funny Kind of Cat
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...breakfast and argue with Kokolios about communism. He imagines shutting down Kokolios's arguments definitively when Lemoni tugs on his sleeve and asks him to come--she found "a funny kind of cat."... (full context)
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Lemoni and Dr. Iannis emerge in a clearing with a barbed-wire fence running through it. Lemoni... (full context)
Chapter 9. August 15th, 1940
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On his way to the kapheneia, Dr. Iannis runs into Lemoni again. She's prodding a dog with a stick and the dog can't seem to decide... (full context)
Chapter 13. Delirium
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...her in the front of house so she can see Mandras coming. She runs into Lemoni one afternoon and realizes that in two years, Lemoni will start working in her parents'... (full context)
Chapter 26. Sharp Edges
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...hurt and foolish. Pelagia comes outside a bit later to find Corelli tossing a laughing Lemoni up in the air and conducting an Italian lesson with her. Pelagia sends Lemoni on... (full context)
Chapter 41. Snails
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Dr. Iannis looks out the window to see Corelli sneaking up on Lemoni. Psipsina settles herself on his writing, and the doctor has a splendid idea. He interrupts... (full context)
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Lemoni and Dr. Iannis disappear into one tunnel and Corelli and Pelagia move down another. Corelli... (full context)
Chapter 43. The Great Big Spiky Rustball
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Pelagia's reverie is interrupted by Lemoni calling for Corelli. She comes every evening and tells Corelli about her day, even though... (full context)
Chapter 55. Victory
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...out of a pile of rubble and he finds the crushed head of a girl Lemoni's age. He apologizes to the girl and thinks that the war is killing children everywhere.... (full context)
Chapter 60. The Beginning of her Sorrows
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...men join the Army; they decide that if they have a daughter they'll call her Lemoni and they'll call a son Carlo. Corelli promises to leave Antonia with Pelagia as a... (full context)
Chapter 69. Bean by Bean the Sack Fills
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...does so much business in the summer she doesn't have to work in the winter. Lemoni helps serve and Pelagia pretends to help, but actually just practices her Italian. The service... (full context)
Chapter 73. Restitution
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...if she even owns the land and sidesteps giving him permission. She tells him that Lemoni is now a grandmother and very fat, but she still talks about Corelli and the... (full context)